Bravo blast rocks Indian boat

Written by: Rajesh Krishna
Published: Saturday, June 13, 2009, 1:44 [IST]
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Bravo blast rocks Indian boat

London: In a way it was a revenge taken by West Indies on behalf of their seniors. It was on this same historic ground, 25 years back, Indian team lead by legendary Kapil Dev stunned West Indies in the world cup finals and lifted the coveted trophy. India and West Indies met in Lords on Friday after a gap of 25 long years.

It was Dwayne Bravo's spectacular performance with bat and ball helped West Indies to beat India by seven wickets at Lords on Friday night.

Chasing India's modest total of 153/7, West Indies were off to a poor start as they lost opener Fletcher for a duck.

But captain Gayle and Simmons played cautiously and denied India any chance of making early inroads into the West Indian batting line-up.


Even though Windies lost their captain Gayle at the score of 41, Simmons and Dwayne Bravo steadied the West Indian innings by stitching an important partnership of 58 runs and took them past 100-run mark.

Windies lost Simmons at the score of 100. He made 44 off 37 balls, slamming 5 fours during his stay at the crease.

Then it was all left to Dyane bravo, who single handily destroyed entire Indian bowling attack and steered Windies to a comfortable seven wicket victory against mighty Indians. His mercurial knock of 66*(36)was studded with six fours and 3 sixes. Chanderpaul remained unbeaten on 18.

"Its a great feeling to play any game at Lord's. Very important to apply myself, I got an opportunity to bat up the order and made full use of it' said Bravo after receiving the man of the match award.

Earlier a blistering knock of 67 from 73 balls under pressure form Indian vice captain Yuvraj Singh helped india to post a respectable total of 153/7.

India were struggling at 66/5 losing losing Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Gautam Gambhir and captain MS Dhoni early.

But a spectacular counter attack by Indian vice captain Yuvraj Singh and Yusuf Pahan helped India to post a respectable total on the board. Yuvraj scored his half century in 26 balls.

Yusuf Pathan scored 31 runs in just 23 balls which consisted of 3 boundaries and a sixer.

But both the batsmen got out little early as they could not go for the final assault and had to settle for 153/5, less then at least 20 runs they had hoped for when they decided to bat first. But it was for a small cameo of 12 by Harbhajan Singh, who smashed three fours of the last three balls he faced, India could cross 150-run mark.

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Dwayne Bravo who picked four Indian wickets was the pick of the Windies bowlers.


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